Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Medicine: a bout mammograms 1



Something about mammograms: the breast cancer

Experiences by way of warning or advice:

We received the news that my wife was suffering from breast cancer after only 10months she detects itself. Towards just 11 months the doctor had ordered a screening mammogram because of some complaints in the area of his right breast. After auscultation, the doctor diagnosed the trouble as an intercostals muscle pain. Then come the negative mammogram results, which gave us false hope.
We face this disease review completely uninformed disillusioned with annoyance, medical incompetence continue to rely on the techniques of mammography, as one of the preventive measures despite its shortcomings. These notes will alert readers to avoid the mistake made by us. Now provides some general information, to stimulate you to find out more about these medical issues for the benefit of a better prevention of breast cancer.

Overview:

Breast or breasts are composed of fat, connective tissue and glandular.
 In this tissue a
Something about mammograms : the breast cancer
Experiences by way of warning or advice
We received the news that my wife was suffering from breast cancer after only 10months she detects itself . Towards just 11 months the doctor had ordered a screening mammogram because of some complaints in the area of his right breast. After auscultation; the doctor diagnosed the trouble as an intercostals muscle pain. Then comes the negative mammogram results, which gave us false hope.
We face this review completely uninformed diseases, disillusioned with annoyance, medical incompetence continue to rely on the techniques of mammography, as one of the preventive measures despite its shortcomings. These notes will alert readers to avoid the mistake made by us. Now provides some general information, to stimulate you to find out more about these medical issues for the benefit of a better prevention of breast cancer.
Overview
Breast or breasts are composed of fat, connective tissue and glandular.
 In this tissue is the milk -producing glands which are born 15 to 20 milk ducts to transport milk to the nipple surrounded by the areola. These lobules and ducts are located in the stoma, adipose tissue, which are also the blood vessels and lymphatics. The breast tissues are connected also with a group of lymph nodes located in the armpit. These nodes are key to the diagnosis of breast cancer, since cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system. When speaking of sentinel node refers precisely to the place nearest to where the cancer is located node.
l Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives . Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are some risk factors. Factors that cannot be changed include:
• Age: the odds of having breast cancer increases as a woman ages
• Genes: there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 , which increases the risk greatly. Women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer should be performed periodical tests
• Personal factors: first period before age 12 or menopause after age 55
Other risk factors include overweight, hormone replacement therapy (also called hormone therapy for menopause), use of birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.
Symptoms of breast cancer may include the presence of a mass in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or nipple discharge. Self-examination and mammography can help diagnose breast cancer early when it is most treatable. Treatment may consist of radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy
Mammograms performed started in the early 60s and quickly became what today are the primary method of early detection of breast cancer.
Before mammography, breast cancer was invariably discovered by the woman herself or her physician; then it was a large tumor mass that had grown unnoticed for months or years.
Mammography changed everything, the tumors began to discover more and smaller and therefore the ability to control breast cancer was becoming increasing.
The pioneering studies comparing the fate of women who are practicing them found a tumor after mammography, with those to whom their doctors were trusted them more tumors -not - showing made
​​clear that the risk of dying from breast cancer was up to 30 % lower in the first.
Subsequently, other studies around the world came to the same conclusions, so mammography became the most important in the detection of breast cancer examination.
But now in recent years are finding some limitations in the use of mammography, including who has not brought to light as early changes in the breast, such as ductal carcinoma in situ, for example, or DCIS for its acronym in English (ductal carcinoma in situ) of the doubt that even that is a true cancer.
What happens is that advancing technology image of a mammogram , the detail has become thinner and can be found as early changes in tissues that do a biopsy, are previously unseen injuries; It is as if we were across the border between what is cancer and what is not .
Unfortunately, mammography detected cancer in certain cases and
in 40 % of women mammography cannot detect breast cancer.

For years we have learned to rely on this test to detect breast cancer.
 From the age of 40, women begin getting mammograms once a year, and if the results are negative, stay calm. However, the latest controversy about mammography reveals that this test is not always efficient to detect cancer.
Often a mammogram cannot detect cancer in women who have dense breast tissue.
 Dense breast tissue appears as a white spot on a mammogram. Cancerous tumors can hide these white spots and go unnoticed.
This is a serious problem that affects almost all women. According to statistics, two thirds of women before menopause and a quarter of women after menopause have dense breast tissue.
A woman has a dense tissue in your breasts is most at risk of 4-6 times higher for breast cancer.
This means that many women can get breast cancer, and not know, even though a mammogram every year. What is the alternative for these women?
Behold the dispute, as it reveals an article published in the Wall Street Journal.
Women who have dense breast tissue need further tests such as an ultrasound or an MRI to detect if they have cancer.
The problem is that these tests are still recommended as routine tests.
In most states in the United States radiologists and doctors are not required to inform a woman that her breast tissue is very dense and a mammogram can give you a false result.
Only four states - Connecticut, New York, Texas and Virginia, radiologists are required by law to provide this information.
Many experts and activists believe there is enough evidence for the inefficiency of mammography in dense breast tissue, and that other tests should be adopted as routine tests. However, some government officials, health insurance and the American College Radiology believe there is still not enough evidence to make this change. They think that the costs would be too high.
We really cannot wait for the experts and authorities to agree to take care of the health of millions of women. The first thing you should do is find out if you have a very dense tissue in the breast. This information appears on the mammogram. Ask your doctor.
If you discover have a very dense breast tissue, then they should consult and discuss the possibility that other testing done. Anyway, you have to be responsible and not let cars our health in the hands of doctors and authorities think properly without seeking other medical opinions.
Do you do a mammogram annually? Are you aware of your results?
Be careful , because we are embedded in a consumer society where scientific research , and not just out of universities and hospitals ; but now the laboratories of pharmaceutical companies, controlling what doctors have to prescribe to their patients. There is a lot of good for improving health in the cancer field.
Unfortunately, this is also the downside, that the requirements of high returns , it appears that some of the pharmaceutical companies , as they are more interested in you to buy their products, which heal .
Furthermore, with regard to cancer cure exists by conventional medicine contempt of natural medicine, which defends and recommends changes of life and an integral power of harmony with the physiological functioning of each individual.

With Affection,
Ruben

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